This November, MedicAlert joins in the global effort to bring awareness to one of our nation’s fastest-growing diseases. Diabetes Awareness Month serves as a reminder to the importance of making healthier lifestyle decisions today for a healthier tomorrow.
Children Living With Type-2 Diabetes
When children are diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, particularly at a young age, it can be very difficult for the family to adjust to lifestyle changes.
Ensure you ask your child’s doctor any questions your family may have pertaining to everyday treatment of the disease.
Explain the proper insulin dosages/ frequencies, and the daily nutrition requirements that are imperative for your child’s diabetes management to anyone caring for your child including their school, daycare, babysitters, or other family members.
Encourage your family to stay active while preparing healthy meals and snacks for them to enjoy. There is no reason your child can’t live an active and healthy life while living with diabetes.
Commit to Coaching Your Child towards a Healthier Future
As parents, we strive to guide our children towards a healthier future. Just as physical activity and a healthy diet are essential for our well-being as we get older, instilling wholesome daily habits into our children at a young age can reduce their chances of developing diabetes for the years ahead.
There are many ways to narrow the chances of us and our children developing Type-2 diabetes.
- Offer healthy snacks
- Encourage participation in sports and other after school activities
- Keep them outside playing and off the couch
- Become educated on your family’s health history
Managing Diabetes While Maintaining an Active Life
It is understandable to feel overwhelmed and concerned when first receiving a diabetes diagnosis. Many people may often ask the question “what do I do now?”
The American Diabetes Association describes ways to stay healthy and active while living with diabetes.
Medication Management- work closely with your doctor(s) to determine which insulin and frequency of injections is best for your blood glucose levels.
Exercise- Is a key component of proper diabetes care. An exercise regime contributes to lowering glucose levels and motivates us to eat healthy.
Nutrition- understanding how different foods affect our blood glucose and developing solid meal plans and snacks is a crucial part of diabetes management
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Understanding Your Risk for Diabetes
“Knowledge is Power-” a phrase commonly used in many aspects of our lives; and most definitely rings true when understanding our family’s health history. We cannot control the medical conditions we are predisposed to from family genetics, but we can control the lifestyle decisions we make each day that directly impact our health.
Becoming educated earlier in life about our risk of developing diabetes can greatly influence our lifestyle choices regarding diet and exercise.
- Family History: If you have a blood relative with diabetes, your risk for developing the disease is significantly increased.
- Race or ethnic background: If you are of African-American, Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic-American, Native American or Pacific Islander descent, you have a greater likelihood of developing diabetes.
- Age: The older you are, the higher your risk. Generally, type 2 diabetes occurs in middle-aged adults, most frequently after age 45. However, health care providers are diagnosing more and more children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes.
- History of gestational diabetes: If you developed diabetes during pregnancy or delivered a baby over 9 lbs., you are at increased risk.